Apr 03 2016
By FGHL Beth Helmink, MD/PhDOne of the first ex-laps I did here in Kijabe was a planned gastrectomy on a 74-year-old female for gastric cancer. She was thin and frail and had progressive difficulty with eating for over a year now with resultant profound weight loss. I feared the worst when I felt her abdomen after she had been put to sleep; when she was fully relaxed, you could feel a large mass in her upper abdomen.
Apr 02 2016
By FGHL Beth Helmink, MD/PhDIt seems to me that global surgery, or really any work in a resource-poor country, requires a different type of intelligence to be successful. Indeed, it requires ingenuity, the ability to think outside the box at nearly every level to make do with the resources available. This has been demonstrated to me over and over again for the last four weeks here in Kijabe, Kenya.
Mar 18 2016
Mar 05 2016
Travel helps me better understand and appreciate the world around me. Public health has become my passion. Follow me as I learn to bring the love of travel and public health together through my Master of Public Health field experience in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
This adventure will begin on March 2nd as I begin my two day trek from East Tennessee State University to my temporary home for two months. There will be many lessons learned, knowledge gained, and many pictures to share with you throughout this experience. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Mar 04 2016
By Frist Global Health Leader Yvonne Carter, RN"One may observe in one's travels to distant countries the feelings of recognition and affiliation that link every human being to every other human being." – Aristotle
At the age of nineteen I scribbled this quote on the inside cover of a journal I kept while interning at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Kampala, Uganda - a one month experience that I, in my naïvety, had assumed would shine light on answers to the world's problems and provide me with direction in my future studies and career choices. Not so shockingly, I returned home with more questions than answers about the all-too-exhaustive list of social injustices in this world and how I could possibly play a role.